The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Eminem slams Trump, at least 17 people killed in Californian wildfires, Trump said to have asked for massive increase in nuclear stockpile, and more.
October 11, 2017, 3:00pm
Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

At Least 17 Killed in Californian Wildfires
State officials updated the death toll and ordered more evacuations Tuesday night, as fires continued to spread across Wine Country and the surrounding region. At least 180 people have been reported missing, and around 2,000 buildings are believed to have been ruined by the flames in northern California alone. Aided by high winds, fires have now burned across 115,000 acres statewide.—CNN

Trump Allegedly Asked for Massive Increase in Nuclear Stockpile


The president reportedly told military and national security chiefs he wanted to expand the US arsenal of nuclear weapons, according to anonymous sources who attended a July 20 meeting. Officials said Trump expressed a desire for the military to get back to the 32,000 nuclear warheads it possessed in the late 1960s, around eight times as many as it's estimated to have now.—NBC News

Voting Machines Vulnerable to Cyberattacks, Report Says
US election equipment is pretty wide open to any would-be hackers aiming to infiltrate it, according to a study released at the DEFCON cyber security conference. Douglas Lute, former US ambassador to NATO, warned Iran, North Korea, ISIS, and Russia could attempt to manipulate the machines. "Our voting systems are not secure," Lute wrote. "This is not an academic theory; it is not hypothetical; it is real."—CBS News

Obama Weighs In on Harvey Weinstein
Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, were "disgusted" by reports about the producer and Democratic Party donor's alleged sexual harassment of women. "Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable," he said. Weinstein was forced to deny new allegations Tuesday after three women accused him of rape in a long report in the New Yorker.—CNN/The New Yorker

International News

Catalan Leader Puts Independence on Pause
The head of Catalonia's regional government Carles Puigdemont stopped short of declaring independence Tuesday, and called for mediation with the Spanish government. Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy called on the Catalan leader to make clear whether he had actually declared independence or not.—VICE News

North Korea Hacks South Korean Military Secrets
Hackers working for Kim Jong-un's regime obtained a cache of South Korean military documents containing wartime strategies drafted by South Korea and the US. A South Korea lawmaker revealed that the data theft took place in September 2016, and included plans to behead Kim Jong-un in the event of a war.—AFP


Malawi Enforces Curfew to Stop 'Vampire' Killings
The Malawi government has imposed limits on movement between 5 PM and 7 AM each night after five people were killed in a panic over vampirism. According to the UN, rural residents have killed people they believe are participating in blood-drinking rituals. The UN has removed staff due to the scare.—BBC News

Four People Killed in Gun Fight in Kashmir
Two Indian commando soldiers and two Islamist fighters were killed when firing broke out in the village of Hajin in the Indian-controlled territory. According to police, the commandos were training with the army at the time as part of a broader regional focus on Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Eminem Unleashes Vitriolic Rap Against Trump
The Detroit rapper made clear his loathing for the president in rhymes performed in a video for the BET Hip Hop Awards 2017. He ended the diatribe with: "The rest of America stand up. We love our military, we love our country, but we fuckin' hate Trump!"—Noisey

Migos to Play Red Rocks on New Year's Eve
The hip-hop stars will headline and end-of-the-year concert at the legendary Colorado amphitheater alongside Young Thug and Post Malone. Lil Yachty will also perform at the first ever New Year's show at Red Rocks.—Billboard

US Men's Team Loses 2018 World Cup Bid
The men's national soccer team failed to qualify for the world's biggest sporting event for the first time since 1986. USA lost 2–1 to Trinidad and Tobago, finishing in fifth place in the qualifying group.—Los Angeles Times

Facebook Suspends Lil B
The rapper has been banned from the social media network for 30 days for a breach of the company's protocol on hate speech. The posts have been deleted, but Lil B claimed on Twitter he had been suspended for "talking about white people."—Motherboard

St. Vincent Drops New Song
The artist has released the third song from her forthcoming album MASSEDUCTION, a track called "Pills" with a medication motif. It features model-actress Cara Delevigne and singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis on backing vocals.—Noisey

T-Mobile Fixes Bug That Exposed Users' Data
The company said it has "fully resolved" a website security flaw identified by researcher Karan Saini. According to Saini, the fault could have allowed hackers access to the names, emails, and billing account details of 76 million customers.—Motherboard